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Mom straps son to minivan roof to hold down plastic pool

Mom straps son to minivan roof to hold down plastic pool

A 28-year-old Wisconsin mother is accused of taking her son for a very risky ride - on top of the family minivan - in order to hold down a plastic pool, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Police arrested Amber Schmunk, 28, after someone called 911 to report the freaky sighting in Saukville, Wisconsin on September 9, WITI reports.

Prosecutors allege 28-year-old Amber Schmunk had her son hold down the molded pool they'd just picked up because it wouldn't fit inside the van.

She also reportedly told officers it was "only for a short time, maybe 20-30 seconds", and that she thought it was OK because her father had "let her do things like that when she was that age".

She "decided to put the pool on top of the minivan, but had no way to strap it down, so she had her child climb on the roof and hold it down while she drove", according to a police report reviewed by WTMJ.

"That woman needs to think about the safety of her children", neighbor Barbara Sellin told WITI.




"So I don't know what she's doing", the caller said.

After police were called, an officer stopped Schmunk. And she's got the boy off the top of the vehicle with a pool.

She told police the boy was on the only for a short time before she made a decision to take him down and wedged the pool inside the minivan. The mother then continued driving down the road and pulled into her sister's house where police caught up with her.

If convicted, Schmunk faces up to ten years behind bars.

She's due in Ozaukee County Circuit Court later this month.


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